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Oxford Pre-Law Program

For the 27th consecutive year, the Ohio State University and the University of Oxford will offer their Summer Pre-Law Program at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. The program, which is the oldest overseas pre-law program in existence, will be from June 29 to August 3, 2014.

Monte SmithAssistant Dean for Academic Affairs Monte Smith of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law will be the Co-Director of the program, along with Dr. Christopher Whelan of the University of Oxford. Asst. Dean Smith will teach a course on the Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System. Professor Whelan will teach a course on Law and Society. Other lectures are taught by a group of scholars from the prestigious Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, primarily of the University of Oxford. In keeping with the English university tutorial system, each student will be assigned an Oxford tutor to work with them individually on a major paper. Students will earn six hours of graded Ohio State credit for the course.

It is generally known that the American legal system developed out of Great Britain's legal system, and the strong influence of English law is still apparent in our system of law. Studying in a university that, for some 900 years, has had a major role in developing the current Anglo-American legal system, is valuable preparation for students who are contemplating studying law in America. In addition, we specifically devote time to helping pre-law students hone the skills necessary for success in American law schools.

Field Trips

Students will take field trips –which are included in the program’s fee – to several places of importance in the development of our legal system. Typically these include trips to places like Windsor Castle (the Queen’s official home), the fields of Runnymede (where the Magna Charta was signed in 1215), the Houses of Parliament, the Old Bailey, the Royal Courts of Justice, and the Inns of Court. There are also trips to places of cultural interest, such as Stratford-upon-Avon to see a Royal Shakespeare Company production, a Proms Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Winston Churchill).


Students usually are in class for about three hours each morning and, in addition to the class work, will write a substantial term paper under the supervision of a tutor, usually a member of the Oxford faculty or an associate of the Socio-Legal Centre. In the last week, each student leads a seminar on his or her paper topic.


Students in the Ohio State/Oxford Pre-Law Program will receive a certificate of completion bearing the seal of both the Ohio State University and the University of Oxford, and signed by the appropriate representative of each school. Students from across the United States have graduated from our program. All participants in the Ohio State/Oxford Pre-Law Program will receive six hours of graded Ohio State Pre-Law credit.

Application Process

All interested and qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to apply. Qualified juniors and seniors at other U.S. colleges or universities are also welcome to apply. You can learn more about the program by viewing program information online at the Study Abroad section of the Office of International Affairs.

If you have questions concerning the content of the program, contact Asst. Dean Monte Smith. Questions concerning the application process, fees, financial aid or any other matters should be directed to Jeannie Simmons at simmons.272@osu.edu.

The Oxford Pre-Law Program uses an online application process available from the Office of International Affairs, which can be accessed through buckeyelink.osu.edu. The application deadline for the summer 2014 Oxford Pre-Law program is February 1, 2014. Early application is recommended.